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Ipod Touch Battery Drains FAST!

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greendayfan93@verizon.net Calculating status...
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Alright I just purchased an ipod touch 3g 32gb ipod and it worked fine.

After a week or so for some reason the battery is going down crazy fast@ I

looked in the app store for around 5 mins and the battery went from 100 to 83.

Now i know wifi takes a lot of battery but not that much. It worked fine before

now it goes down like a ton of bricks.In 30 mins of video watching it went down

10 percent. I want to send this back to apple for a replacement battery, but in

the terms it says if they take your ipod and it's not broken or defected they

wil charge you up to 100 dollars. If it is defected they will take care of it

for free. Call me crazy but thats stupidddd. Anyone have any suggestions i want

to get it fixed before the 90 day warranty but i dont want to be charged 100

bucks if nothing is wrong with it and its just how the ipod is or if apple genius says its fine.

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  • clintbradford Calculating status...
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    Jan 5, 2010 5:04 PM (in response to greendayfan93@verizon.net)
    I would call AppleCare immediately, and get your "case" on the books. Then make sure you really know your iPod touch ... Because i did NOT know it as well as I should have when i experienced the EXACT SAME battery problems you have now.

    1. Give your battery pack a couple real discharge-charge cycles. I know this advice is usually reserved for NiMH packs - but my pack "behaved" better after a couple complete discharge-charge cycles.

    2. Turn all the automatic location and GPS stuff off for a day or two. Get to know your touch's capabilities and battery longevity without everything ON and draining battery life.

    3. I believe that if you simply press the top bar to turn your unit off - with a battery-eating app still running - that that might have a detrimental effect on battery life. Make sure you close up apps before shutting down.

    4. Buy a copy of Battery Magic Pro. It is much more accurate and descriptive when it comes to seeing what your battery condition is.

    I did all the above steps - and learned more abut my touch. The case I opened with AppleCare that authorized a new battery pack for me? I never took Apple up on it - I am that satisfied with battery performance.

    Clint Bradford
    17" Matte MBP 2GB 2.16GHz Seagate 200GB 7200.2, Mac OS X (10.6), OWC, WD, and SmartDisk backup drives.
  • juliea9 Calculating status...
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    Jan 5, 2010 8:36 PM (in response to greendayfan93@verizon.net)
    Same thing happened to me. I agree with the above.
    Turn off wifi when your not using it and turn off email push.
    Also turn off gps. Also turning your iPod on and off uses ALOT of power. So if you plan on going back to use it soon just sleep it instead of powering off. It takes so much power to power up that it's not worth it.

    Good luck
  • sparky67 Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
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    Jan 5, 2010 8:46 PM (in response to juliea9)
    juliea9 wrote:
    Also turn off gps.


    There is no GPS on any of the iPod Touches.
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  • sparky67 Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
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    Jan 5, 2010 8:48 PM (in response to greendayfan93@verizon.net)
    greendayfan93@verizon.net wrote:
    Anyone have any suggestions i want to get it fixed before the 90 day warranty


    You actually have a ONE YEAR warranty.

    My suggestion is to take to the Apple Store and have the Genius look at it for free.
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  • clintbradford Level 3 Level 3 (905 points)
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    Jan 5, 2010 10:59 PM (in response to sparky67)
    ... There is no GPS on any of the iPod Touches ...


    Might be a semantics problem here ... 'cause my iPod touch sure tells me my lat/longitude, where nearby stores of interest are, tells me how to get to places, who's a felon in my neighborhood ...

    So, I guess the proper phrase would be to "turn off location services."

    Clint Bradford
    17" Matte MBP 2GB 2.16GHz Seagate 200GB 7200.2, Mac OS X (10.6.2), OWC, WD, and SmartDisk backup drives.
  • VA2020 Calculating status...
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    Jan 5, 2010 11:07 PM (in response to clintbradford)
    No GPS on the iPod Touch (yet). You have a location based on "other" factors (i.e. your router or ISP).

    To the OP, turn off Bluetooth as well.
    iMac 24" 3GB |, Mac OS X (10.5.5), | 0.5TB TC | AEBS | iPod Touch G2 16GB
  • sparky67 Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
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    Jan 5, 2010 11:12 PM (in response to clintbradford)
    clintbradford wrote:
    ... There is no GPS on any of the iPod Touches ...


    Might be a semantics problem here ... 'cause my iPod touch sure tells me my lat/longitude, where nearby stores of interest are, tells me how to get to places, who's a felon in my neighborhood ...

    So, I guess the proper phrase would be to "turn off location services."

    Clint Bradford


    That's correct. Semantics.

    GPS uses a radio to comunicate with satellites giving you exact position at all times.

    Location Services uses connected Wifi to approximate your location. Only as accurate as the Loki database behind it. Does not work if your wifi location is not in the Loki database.

    Since Location Services is merely software driven and dependent upon wifi, turning off Location Services will have zero effect on power consumption.
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  • clintbradford Level 3 Level 3 (905 points)
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    Jan 5, 2010 11:33 PM (in response to sparky67)
    ... Since Location Services is merely software driven and dependent upon wifi, turning off Location Services will have zero effect on power consumption ...


    Unless, of course, a third-party app is ON and looking for such services ...
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  • sparky67 Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
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    Jan 5, 2010 11:57 PM (in response to clintbradford)
    clintbradford wrote:
    ... Since Location Services is merely software driven and dependent upon wifi, turning off Location Services will have zero effect on power consumption ...


    Unless, of course, a third-party app is ON and looking for such services ...


    If your Wifi is shut off and you still have an application trying to connect to the Internet (to use Location Services), then your problem is not really Location Services but an app that just doesn't know when to stop.
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